I've not been able to play in a few years with any recording due to loss of my sweet baby PC that handled everything beautifully. I bought her at a steal. She not only handled my software and interface (I had the M-audio fast track with both the Pro Tools program that game with it and Audacity), but it handled all my graphics programs I used to for photo taking and scrapbooking. And then...well...all I can figure is a nasty virus took it out by sneaking past my firewall, and the rest was history. I've since spent as much as I did on that computer, both desk tops and laptops to no avail. I misplaced the drivers, and finally tried with my latest laptop. Every recording software I tried (I demoed them to see if they would work pre-purchase) lagged horrifically. There were crackles in the playback. The recording would start and stop randomly and it just doesn't work. So now, I'm contemplating a new system. I'm not sure I have a ton to purchase with, but am hoping I have about 1k left from my tax return to use after bills (and divorce attorney fees LOL). I figured I'd come ask for recommendations on a new computer. I've looked at Mac, but I simply don't think I can afford the change. I currently have an ASUS S550C runing Windows 8 (which I hate and the last update I made tried to mess things up horrifically), Intel Core i5-3317U, 1.7 GHz, a "New iPad" that transitional one between 2 and 3 which is really the third generation even though there is an official 3rd gen. I still have the hardware for the fast track, and can download the drivers again when needed. I have an MM8 Yamaha workstation keyboard that came with Cubase and Audacity. I believe I still have the demo loaded from mixcraft and would just need to update it if I went with a PC again. But first things first....help me figure out the computer issue please.